Natural Lifetimes of Excited-states of Neutral Nitrogen Determined By Time-resolved Laser Spectroscopy

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Radiative lifetimes were determined for three quartet states of neutral nitrogen, and sequences of Rydberg states were studied using depletion spectroscopy. Free nitrogen atoms were generated by photodissociation of N2O using frequency-tripled dye-laser radiation that was two-photon resonant with the 2p(2)3p 4S or 4D states. Further quartet states were reached by a subsequent single-photon absorption. We obtain tau(2p(2)3p 4D7/2) = 44(2) ns, tau(2p(2)3p 4S3/2) = 26.0(1.5) ns, and tau(2p(2)6s4P5/2) = 41(7) ns.


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  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2712-2715
JournalPhysical Review A (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics)
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1992
Publication categoryResearch

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